From fairground worker to boxer - some of the most unusual jobs suggested by the government’s ‘career assessment’ tool

Thursday, 8th October 2020, 3:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th October 2020, 3:23 pm
From fairground worker to boxer - some of the most unusual jobs suggested by the government’s ‘career assessment’ tool
(Photo: National Careers Service)
From fairground worker to boxer - some of the most unusual jobs suggested by the government’s ‘career assessment’ tool (Photo: National Careers Service)

Want to know whether you have what it takes to be in the emergency services, or whether you might be suited to a role in the creative media? Perhaps you might even have the right attitude to be a boxer.

People across the UK have been finding out their potential next calling (many with tongue firmly in cheek) using the skills and careers assessment on the Government website.

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‘Adapt’ to find work post-coronavirus

People began taking the online test after Chancellor Rishi Sunak suggested earlier in the week that many workers, including those within the arts industry, may have to “adapt” to find work in a post-coronavirus world.

On Tuesday 6 October, Sunak said, “I can't pretend that everyone can do exactly the same job that they were doing at the beginning of this crisis.

"That's why we've put a lot of resource into trying to create new opportunities."

Career assessment tool

The skills and career assessment tool is currently in a beta phase. The tool asks participants a series of multiple choice questions and then presents a series of potential career options at the end.

The questions ask about the participant’s skills, work ethic and mindset, all measured on a scale of “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.”

Participants are then told which area of work suits them best, and have the option to find a more precise role by answering a few more questions within a particular work area.

Some interesting results

After the assessment tool went live, people were quick to post their results on social media, with some participants getting some interesting results.

Here are a few of the funniest:

Some were left a little bemused and frustrated as the tool steered them in the direction of their most recent arts jobs: